DALLAS (UPI) — NASA says millions of dollars of science equipment missing for four days during shipment from Minneapolis to Texas has been located in Dallas.
The equipment, part of a NASA-funded experiment, left the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy Friday by truck but never made it to its destination of Palestine, Texas, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, reported.
The university hired Copeland Trucking to haul the experiment to launch a balloon telescope to study the origins of the universe to NASA’s balloon operations headquarters in East Texas.
The truck’s trailer, with a protective seal still intact, was found Wednesday evening at a truck stop on Interstate 20 in Dallas.
The truck’s cab, with the driver inside, was found at another truck stop a few miles away.
Dallas police said they were investigating.
University researchers expressed relief the trailer had been found.
“It can’t fly without this,” one said of the intended experiment. “These are the detectors. This is the telescope that’s taking pictures of the sky. You don’t have a telescope, you’re not taking pictures of the sky.”